Head coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks looks during...

Head coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks looks during the second period against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac) Credit: Jim McIsaac

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers named John Tortorella their new coach, hoping the veteran can help lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

The hire was confirmed Thursday by a person with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anoymity because the move had not been announced.

Tortorella coached Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, and he also coached the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and was fired in May 2021 after six seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tortorella is the sixth Flyers coach in the last 10 years and tries to revitalize a dormant franchise that has one playoff series victory since 2012. The Flyers finished with a 25-46-11 record under Alain Vigneault and Mike Yeo and were last in the Metropolitan Division.

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